Transcription Excerpts: Former CF Staff – Peace – Sow Seeds: Early Child Dev – Webcast : 7 sep 2017 (DETAIL)

Below are some informal transcription excerpts and statements with links to more detail of items presented in UN Webcast : 7 sep 2017 an highlighted in previous post  “Former Staff – at Culture of Peace – Sowing Seeds Early Childhood Development – UN (Summary)”.

(At the end there are audio files and alternative renditions of the songs performed during musical interlude)

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Our colleagues, “former UNICEF staff”  were part of the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace 7 Sep 2017. … convened by the President of the UN General , H.E. Peter Thomson in the UN General Assembly Hall (AM) and Trusteeship Chamber (PM). Included: Anwarul K. Chowdhury,  Marta Santos Pais, Rima Salah, Bahula Boring , Chandika Kapalika,, Natabara Rollosson…. .

“Sowing the Seeds of the Culture of Peace:

Early Childhood Development Is the Beginning

See links below and start time in webcast.

Afternoon Session in Trusteeship Chamber:

Webcast afternoon session: http://webtv.un.org/watch/panel-discussion-on-sowing-the-seeds-on-the-culture-of-peace-at-high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5566146546001

2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-unga-moderator-anwarul-chowdhuryAnwarul K. Chowdhury:  Chair and Moderator..   Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations;  His determined leadership as Chair (1998-99) of the UN General Assembly Drafting Committee led to the UNGA’s adoption in 1999 of the landmark Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace and to the UN Security Council’s adoption of its groundbreaking Resolution 1325 on women’s contributions to peace and security. He was Bangladesh’s Permanent Representative to the UN (1996-2001) and served as Under-Secretary-General of the UN for the world’s most vulnerable nations from 2002 to 2007. He also served on UNICEF Executive Board (Chair 1985-86 and President 2000)

Highlights important concepts throughout the 2 hr + Session  (mentions girl child  at : 1hr.,  11min.

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Excerpt:  On 13 September 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, by consensus and with out reservation, Its landmark, pioneering and norm-setting resolution 53/243 on the Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace . Among other things, it provided the driving force for the implementation of the UN-declared International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)….In 2016, UNGA resolution N Res/71/252 reiterated Its request to the President to consider convening the High Level Forum. It was adopted at the Assembly’s 71″ session with the cosponsorship of 102 Member States under Bangladesh’s leadership.


some excerpts from UN Declaration on Culture of peace:

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  • Also available at event: A re-print of book forward by Anwarul K. Chowdhury titled “The Culture of Peace” covering: The Process, Declaration, Realizing the Culture of Peace, and Call to Action. “Pathways to Peace: The Transformation Power of Children and Families,” J. F. Leckman, C. Panter-Brick, and R. Salah, eds. 2014. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 978-0-262-02798-4 .2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-UN-GA-Chowdhury-Path-to-Peace-book-forward_cover 2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-UN-GA-Chowdhury-Path-to-Peace-book-forward

Marta Santos Pais . Panelist –   speaks at 1 hr:13 min ,

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  The first Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG).  Appointed in 2009, she has more than 30 years’ experience on human rights issues, and engagement in United Nations and Intergovernmental processes. She was Director of the UNICEF Innocent!Research Centre (2001-2009). She was also a member of the UN Drafting Group of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and of its Optional Protocols and has participated In the development of other key international human rights standards

Excerpt of MSP

…with my special mandate as the special representative of secretary-general on violence against children.. I am really privileged to meet wonderful and inspiring children.  I feel inspired by their vision, the determination and by their resilience…, and there is no dramatic event in their lives that can undermine their ability of being Compelling and irresistible.

They dream of a world of peace, a world where they and everybody else can grow up and can enjoy life happily and with a smile., a world that is free from fear and from violence as the sustainable development agenda stresses. But unfortunately for countless millions of children life is not this kind of dream it is a very sad nightmare. They endure appalling levels of violence in the middle of conflict, when they search new countries, new homes, when they are compelled to leave their own homes and Nations. They also suffer violence in their schools, in their neighborhoods and their homes, and increasingly in cyberspace. You may know that every five minutes one child dies, as a result of violence. Every year at least 1 billion children suffer some form of violence. This is half of every part of the child population of the world. It is really traumatic and we really need to put an end to it.

But what is important to recall is that violence hurts when it happens. But it leaves scars that stay for life. It undermines the development, the well-being of the child. It compromises the health, the education, the ability to relate to other children. It undermines the self-esteem and confidence and resilience and the Impact May last forever. May also very often, especially in early years, compromise the development of the brain with all the Millions of connections, that we heard referred to a moment ago. It leads to anxiety,  to depression to ill health, and very often to suicidal ideation and sometimes engagement in risky Behavior and also in Criminal activities .

A child who is victim of maltreatment has 50% greater chance of later participation in violence….

See more at: 

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Rima Salah , – Panelist –  speaks at 1 hr. 55 min.,

Chair,  of Early Childhood Peace Consortium,  [ECPC) , an entity launched in 2013 to highlight the well·being of Children and Families who can be sustainable agents of change for peace building. She served as a Member of the United Nations High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (2014-15), and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary·General in the Central African Republic and Chad. Dr. Salah has had a distinguished career with UNICEF serving twice as Deputy Executive Director.

Excerpt:

“…we have solid evidence that early childhood programmes:

1)  help to provide safe,  caring and loving environments for young children,

2) promote positive attitudes and skills in children,

3) improve caregiver and child well-being,

4) reduce conflict and violence,

5) diminish inequities and contribute to social justice,

6) and serve as platforms for community cohesion.”

“…, it is time to raise the voice of science to join the voice of “we the peoples, who, since the inception of the United Nations, and the signing of its Charter, remain determined “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…” by uniting their strengths to maintain international peace and security.”

 “…Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) was founded on the two ideas:

  • that the global community must address the root causes of violence and conflict, and

  • that children and families can be agents of change for peace.”

“… goals of the ECPC are well aligned with the vision of the United Nations Declaration on the Culture of Peace, and Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

See more at:

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Pia Britto –Unicef -Representative at continuation plenary meeting in afternoon – speaks at 35 minutes,

2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-unga-unicef-rep-photo-Pia Britto-crop  Chief and Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development, Unicef.

Excerpt:

….two sides of a coin

  • The first side of the coin is what happens when we do not provide young children with the optimal conditions
    for their development.
  • And the second side of the coin is when we do provide children with optimal conditions for development, how that promotes peace.
  • When a child does not get the right services, the brain suffers  from toxic stress and malnutrition that then inhibit Optimal brain development, resulting in the brain not growing fast enough, not learning adequate behavior, not learning  adequately, and leading to lower wages.
  • when we do invest … quality Child Care programs, breastfeeding counseling, support to families,
    positive discipline, positive parenting …we see a change. …Because these programmes strengthen resilience.
    They foster pro-social behavior in children and caregivers.

In fact, early childhood programs are serving as social platforms for engaging groups … together;: for bringing together ethnic minorities, religious identity groups, in joint programing with shared goals.

When governments invest in these services at scale, they actually build bridges between communities and their governments. Leading to both horizontal and social cohesion. There is trust, there is built faith, a built a stronger. greater relationship.

…reducing inequity in society. Because right from the start the children are getting the opportunities they need. To be equal, to be on an equal playing field, and in doing so, we’re increasing human capital, we are reducing both economic and social inequality, And increasing sustainable economic productivity.

This is a very cost-effective solution. It only cost $0.50 per capita for family to actually add these services to existing delivery platforms. But the cost of in-action is great.

S0, The right investment and the smart investment is in early childhood development because in there lies the transformative solution to sustainable peace.

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See also: Remarks by Dr. Nancy Hardt, 2hr and 6 min Professor Emertta, University of Florida and Researcher on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency*

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This Medical Doctor Spoke on Practical steps and Results  …A diverse partnership between law, medicine, psychology and restorative justice.:

practical steps...in Florida (USA) . Work which started with an improbable partnership between me, a physician and the sheriff, the highest ranking law enforcement officer. We and other Community Partners who joined the effort began to address broadly, without knowing it, the UN sustainable development agenda. Inequalities in Health Care access and outcomes; inequalities in educational access and outcomes. Violence against women and poverty. Specifically, our efforts address the root cause of community violence.

…After using data and maps to identify neighborhood suffering , the greatest Health inequities, we brought neighborhood Based Services to them –  which within four years resulted in a reduction in unintended pregnancies, reduction in premature births, and a stunning reduction in in cases of child abuse and neglect .

See more of the informal transcript at:  Nancy-Hardt-at-culture-of-peace-2017-09sep-07-


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Morning session in General Assembly Hall

Webcast morning session: http://webtv.un.org/watch/high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5567708131001/

Opened with a welcome and statement by the President of the UN General Assembly , H.E. Peter Thomson; then followed a statement by a representative of the Secretary-General (Ms. Ana María Menéndez, the Secretary-General’s Senior Advisor on Policy]): and the Keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace laureate.

It was followed by a Musical interlude beginning at 30 minutes. where UNICEF former staff:  Bahula Boring, Chandika Kapalika,  Natabara Rollosson joined the performance2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-singers-sri-chinmoy-peace-meditation-at-un

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Bahula Boring – singer ,

 

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Chandika Kapalika – singer – musician,

 

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Natabara Rollosson -singer

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(with others) performed as part of the Musical Interlude .

The musical interlude lasts until 42.15 minutes when the President says, “On behalf of you all, I’d like to thank Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations for that beautiful performance, and for the Culture of Peace for which they have stood for so long.”  the link to the webcast: http://webtv.un.org/watch/high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5567708131001/

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Musical Scores and Audio (alternative arrangements):

A Moment’s Truth, Peace…  – Music Score

A Moment's Truth - Music Score

A Moment’s Truth – Music Score

Two Audio versions of A Moments Truth (click to play) here or download alternative arrangements  at:  https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org

A Moment’s Truth, Peace …- Audio files

  • A Moment’s Truth   – Premik*
 on web: https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/wp-content/uploads/media/new_world-6985/17.m4a
  • A Moment’s Truth In Vastness-Peace*
on web:  https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/wp-content/uploads/media/in-vastness-peace-cd-7105/04-A-Moments-Truth.m4a

 

A New World Of Peace – Music Score

A New World of Peace - Music Score

A New World of Peace – Music Score

Three Audio versions of A New World Of Peace (click to play) here or download alternative arrangements  at:  https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org

A New World Of Peace – Audio files

  • A New World Of Peace –  Premik*

on web: https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/wp-content/uploads/media/new_world-6985/18.m4a

  • A New World Of Peace  –   (Jhallika)*

on web: https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/wp-content/uploads/media/meditation-music-by-sri-chinmoys-students-2015-2016/A-New-World-Of-Peace.mp3

  • A New World of Peace –   (In Vastness-Peace )*

on web: https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/wp-content/uploads/media/in-vastness-peace-cd-7105/03-A-New-World-of-Peace.m4a

In The Depths of Peace  – Music Score

In the Depths of Peace - Music Score

In the Depths of Peace – Music Score

*Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.   You are free to use the content, such as media files, on another website. However, credit and hyperlink should be given to Radio Sri Chinmoy. More at: https://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/copyright/

Play Combined songs arrangement:   Moment’s Truth, New World of Peace, In the Depths of Peace

– Audio file:

 

 

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see also:

pdf print file: 2017-09sep-07-statement-pres-ga-hl-forum-culture-peace-peter-thomson

closing statement of Pres GA at :   http://www.un.org/pga/71/2017/09/07/closing-of-high-level-forum-on-culture-of-peace/

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/remarks-sg-team/2017-09-07/remarks-high-level-forum-culture-peace-delivered

pdf print file: 2017-09sep-07-Culture-of-peace-un-remarks-rep-s-g-advisor-policy

Gallery : click for larger or different resolution photo-images:

 

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Former Unicef Staff – at Culture of Peace – Sowing Seeds Early Childhood Development – UN Webcast : 7 sep 2017 (Summary)

Our colleagues, “former UNICEF staff”  were part of the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace 7 Sep 2017. … convened by the President of the UN General , H.E. Peter Thomson in the UN General Assembly Hall (AM) and Trusteeship Chamber (PM). Included: Anwarul K. Chowdhury,  Marta Santos Pais, Rima Salah, Bahula Boring , Chandika Kapalika,, Natabara Rollosson…. .

“Sowing the Seeds of the Culture of Peace:

Early Childhood Development Is the Beginning

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See links below and start time in webcast.

Afternoon Session in Trusteeship Chamber:

Webcast afternoon session: http://webtv.un.org/watch/panel-discussion-on-sowing-the-seeds-on-the-culture-of-peace-at-high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5566146546001

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 Anwarul K. Chowdhury:  Chair and Moderator.. Highlights important concepts throughout the 2 hr + Session  (mentions girl child  at : 1hr.,  11min.

Marta Santos Pais . Panelist –   speaks at 1 hr:13 min ,  Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG)

Rima Salah , – Panelist –  speaks at 1 hr. 55 min., Chair,  of Early Childhood Peace Consortium,

 Pia Britto – Unicef -Representative at continuation plenary meeting in afternoon – speaks at 35 minutes,  Chief and Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development, Unicef.

Morning session in General Assembly Hall

Webcast morning session: http://webtv.un.org/watch/high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5567708131001/

Began with the President of the UN General Assembly , H.E. Peter Thomson, then a statement by a representative of the Secretary-General and the Keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Williams, 1976 Nobel Peace laureate.

 It was followed by a Musical interlude beginning at 30 minutes.:2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-singers-sri-chinmoy-peace-meditation-at-un

Bahula Boring  – singer ,  Chandika Kapalika – singer – musician, Natabara Rollosson -singer  (with others) performed as part of the Musical Interlude . The musical interlude lasts until 42.15 minutes when the President says, “On behalf of you all, I’d like to thank Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations for that beautiful performance, and for the Culture of Peace for which they have stood for so long.”  the link to the webcast: http://webtv.un.org/watch/high-level-forum-on-the-culture-of-peace-general-assembly-71st-session/5567708131001/

See also separate link to excerpts of some informal transcript of the discussions and programme of day; PDF scan of brochure provided at event, including background, history, bio-of speakers and words of peace songs performed.

Note: Similar message is being sent BCC (as recommended) to the all xunicef list to cut down on inadvertent reply to all responses.  For information on “all” email list. that Oscar F. kindly maintains  see: http://www.xunicef.org/2015/11/background-mail-list-former-staff/

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Gallery : click for larger or different resolution photos:

Programme gallery:

Agenda from Pres. UNGA:    2017-09sep-07-Culture-of-peace-un-GA-pres-announcemnt-agenda

PDF of Programme brochure: 2017-09sep-07-culture-peace-UN-GA-ocr

Other useful links:

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UNICEF statement on the sentencing of Baquer Namazi 18 Oct 2016

Reproduced here for ease of access by former staff see original at:

http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92929.html

NEW YORK, 18 October 2016 – “His friends and colleagues at UNICEF have learned with deep sadness and personal concern that our former colleague Baquer Namazi, who has been incarcerated in Iran since 22 February, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

“Mr. Namazi served at UNICEF as Representative for Somalia, Kenya and Egypt, among other positions. He worked tirelessly on behalf of children in all those positions, often in highly difficult circumstances. He deserves a peaceful retirement.

“Baquer is 80 years old and the entire UNICEF family are deeply concerned for his health and well-being. Baquer has been a humanitarian all his life. We appeal for his release on humanitarian grounds.”

About UNICEF   UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

For further information, please contact:  Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804, nmekki (at) unicef.org


Previous statements about Banquer from UNICEF in Sep. and May of 2016 are here:

 http://www.xunicef.org/2016/09/detention-of-former-staff-baquer-namazi-unicef-statements-mar-sep-2016/


Former staff who are following this closely and wish to be noted as contact for latest updates  please alert  :

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Shakespeare & 2016 USA election – How to respond

Shakespeare’s words have an uncanny ability to reach out beyond their original time and place and to speak directly to us.” from  Shakespeare Explains the 2016 Election 

The recent NY Times article was most helpful. I am a USA citizen, born here. One parent is from another country and I have close relatives in both. I have traveled in all regions of the world and friends of various nationalities sometimes request to know my views on USA especially related to current world activities. March while in New Zealand, a school teacher mentioned that she had been encouraging the class and school to follow the upcoming USA primaries and election to understand American Democracy in action.  She confided, some initial debates made her rethink that recommendation and consider how or if this could still be  “teachable moments”. We shared some ideas but as the season progressed I was shocked to see some of the coverage as I knew it was being viewed around the world. When this piece came out I sent a link to a few people and they were most grateful to have a way to focus family observers and students to broaden the discussion.  See full NY times article here:    ww.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html

Related excerpt: “How could the greatest empire in the world… have fallen into the hands of a Caligula?” or consider ” the brief, unhappy reign in 15th-century England of King Richard III. … depended on …”enablers working together”

  • “those who trust that everything will continue in a normal way, that promises will be kept, alliances honored and core institutions respected.
  • “those who cannot keep in focus that Richard is as bad as he seems to be.
  •  “those who feel frightened or impotent in the face of bullying and the menace of violence.
  • “those who persuade themselves that they can take advantage of Richard’s rise to power.
  • “and perhaps strangest of all, there are those who take vicarious pleasure in the release of pent-up aggression,

…”WHY an election? Shakespeare evidently wanted to emphasize the element of consent in Richard’s rise. “… “Not speaking out — simply not voting — is enough to bring the monster to power.”

see full NY times article:    ww.nytimes.com/2016/10/09/opinion/sunday/shakespeare-explains-the-2016-election.html

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Gorbachev: New Russia – historical lessons and perspective for 2016

Russia’s place in the world has relevance for  many challenges faced by the international community. Mikhail Gorbachev who provided a peaceful opening for world cooperation many years ago, has again shared his perspective in his recent book published May 23, 2016,

https://www.amazon.com/New-Russia-Mikhail-Gorbachev/dp/1509503870

I speak a little Russian and have traveled there twice. This book gave many details that I found helpful to begin to understand the complicated series of events of the past decades.. Some initial press in west seemed to gloat that it was partially a critique of current Russian leadership. But it also illustrates missed opportunities by other western leaders in dealing with the Russian Federation

Gorbachev is still at it. His faith in humanity continues to fly.

What comes across most clearly in Gorbachev’s latest book is his ideas and values… not  just of the past, but also what to keep in one’s heart –beyond the short term interest of nation or individual. He continues to champion, good governance, transparency and high expectations for his country and all those nations that wish to not only survive but improve our world home.

His personal experiences over the past fifty+ years, which he shares in this book gives some indication of why it is difficult to make substantial integrated progress. I was reminded of Sri Aurobindo Ghose’s book “The Ideal of Human Unity” written before 1918. It was an amazing critique of the major political systems being tried or proposed in the first part of that century. The author only had to update the introduction in 1950 after WW2. His earlier examples still illustrated that no system is perfect for all situations. For any approach to be ultimately sustainable there needs to unity but not crushing uniformity. There must be free expression for individual members and flexibility for the system to adjust. Otherwise an inner force (of creativity?) will attack the ridged structure from within or without.

Gorbachev takes us from the 1950’s to the new century. Those interested in considering how to proceed in whatever system they find themselves (or are contemplating) would be well served by reading this book closely. He notes that always there are choices and learning can only take part when one patiently observes. 

The book concludes with an interview published in the Russian edition of Esquire, September 2012. His sweet and potent memories there of his main supporter, confidant and wife Raisa Maximovna says so much The final quote from Mikhail Gorbachev is “Life teaches you more than any teacher”
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Afghanistan office wants former Reps. photos & text for Unicef@70

We received the following request from colleagues in Afghanistan Country office. It is especially targeted to former Representatives.  I suspect if those who served in other posts also have a few interesting or striking  photos / stories this would seem a good time to share with the office and/or for posting to this site.


Dear UNICEF colleagues for life,

As many of you will know, UNICEF is marking its 70th anniversary this year and we are planning a few activities of our own in Afghanistan, at country level.

Our current Representative, Ms. Adele Khodr, had the idea of compiling materials, photos, memories, and quotes from all former Representatives to feature in the office through different platforms – and perhaps to share a few externally on various digital channels, too (details TBC).

If you would like to be included in this initiative, I am reaching out to kindly ask you to send us:

  • 2-3 photos taken during your time in Afghanistan: your favourite or one that really encapsulates your experience here;
  • A few lines (no more than what we would need for a quote) about what your time here meant to you, or what you feel was a significant achievement, or simply a beautiful or funny memory – or absolutely anything that would like to share!
  • Kindly also confirm the month/year you arrived and departed.

 

We hope many of you will decide to share your thoughts and memories with us and we look forward to hearing from you.

 

With kind regards,

 

Nicole Foster

 

 

 

Nicole E. Foster
Communication Specialist

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

UNOCA Compound, Jalalabad Road, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN

Tel: (+93) 791 50 7111 | Mob: (+93) 79850 7111

E-mail: nfoster (at) unicef.org | Web: www.unicef.org/afghanistan

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Staff News wants your stories for UNICEF’s 70th Anniv.: by NOV 01

Staff News is looking for your stories to mark UNICEF’s 70th anniversary.

It is a moment to celebrate our past and imagine our future.

Some ideas for staff, consultants, retirees and any children in your life:

—Share one moment when you were most proud to be a UNICEF staff member. 

—What does it mean to you to be an international civil servant?

—What will the international civil service look like in 20 years, when children today start to join it?

—Share one idea (or two or three) for how UNICEF can best honor and sustain its 70-year legacy?

—What one lesson (or two or three) can we learn from our past to become a stronger organization?

—What does UNICEF need to do to reach every child?

Feel free to explore your own ideas as well. You can send articles (100 to 2,500 words), current or past photos with captions, graphics or illustrations, or scans of memorabilia.

Submissions are welcome in English, French and Spanish.

Deadline: 1 November

Please send articles and/or queries to the editor, Gretchen Luchsinger, at: gluchsingersidhu(at)unicef.org OR unicefstaffnews(at)gmail.com

 

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Detention of former staff – Baquer Namazi; UNICEF Statements: Mar & Sep 2016

Below are the text of UNICEF  Statements from March and Sept 2016 on detention of our former Colleague Baquer Namazi. Highlighted here for those who may have missed this information on the UNICEF public sites or other newscasts.


UNICEF Statement on detention of Baquer Namazi – Sep 2016

taken from http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92723.html

NEW YORK, 6 September 2016 – “It has now been over six months since Baquer Namazi, a respected former employee of UNICEF, was detained in Iran. His colleagues at UNICEF, and especially those who once worked with him, are deeply concerned about his health and well-being – as we stated on 3 March. Our concern has grown ever since.

“Mr. Namazi served at UNICEF as Representative for Somalia, Kenya and Egypt, among other positions. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the children in all those positions, often in highly difficult circumstances. He deserves a peaceful retirement.

“UNICEF does not engage in politics. We hope that Mr. Namazi will be treated as the humanitarian that he is, and that a humane perspective can be brought to his plight.

“Our thoughts remain with him and all his many friends and loved ones.”

###       About UNICEF   UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  visit: www.unicef.org.    For further information, please contact:
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1 917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org

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Previous UNICEF Statement on Baquer Namazi: March 2016

from http://www.unicef.org/media/media_90367.html

NEW YORK, 3 March 2016 – Current and former UNICEF colleagues are deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of Baquer Namazi, who was detained in Iran on February 22.

Mr. Namazi dedicated many years of his career to improving the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children, often working in difficult and even dangerous circumstances. Before his retirement in 1996, he served UNICEF with distinction as representative in Somalia, Kenya, and Egypt, among other posts.

A letter of commendation by former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy best expresses Mr. Namazi’s dedication and commitment to the cause of children:

“You served with honour and distinction and acquitted yourself as an individual with…a deep personal commitment to making life better for children and women. Your pioneering work on children affected by war broke new ground and led the way to greater attention that the world gives today to children in especially difficult circumstances. With similar dedication, you helped bring the Convention on the Rights of the Child to life…and the cause of the world’s children will not be the same again. Behind all these contributions, I see a man whose strength derives from a rare base of spiritual courage and moral convictions, a man who has been able to reach for the sky because his feet are firmly on the ground. From me and your many colleagues in UNICEF, please accept a humble expression of gratitude on behalf of the countless children and women whose lives you have changed and who do not know your name.” 

Our thoughts are with our respected former colleague and his family, and we hope he will be reunited soon with his wife and loved ones.


See also: Interviews on (1983-1989) advocates for Child Rights and Convention within UNICEF   The links to 198o’s Interviews  throw some light on UNICEF early involvement with child rights and the drafting of the convention. Some early and consistent supporters such as Baquer Namazi are illustrated. … Continue reading

 

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Temporary Restriction on External Access to UNICEF’s Archives 30 Aug 2016

The below message was sent to all UNICEF staff in August. It helps to clarify the status and progress on one of the main issues that former staff and other UNICEF supporters have repeatedly identified as having high relevance/ importance.

“As part of its mandate, the ITSS-led Enterprise Content Management (ECM) project, is reviewing the archival paper records held in the offsite … storage facility, and the digitized archival records retained in the TRIM system.  
 
As a result, access to all archival records by external bodies (persons and organizations outside of UNICEF, including the UN agencies) is restricted, until further notice. 
 
The purpose of the review is to ensure: 
·         sensitive information is not released but made accessible to explicitly authorized personnel;  
·         archival records are properly preserved and conserved; and, 
·         UNICEF has fully accounted for, and can track, all archival records. 
 
Any UNICEF staff and consultants who wish to access archival records, may request access by emailing Carrie Stevenson, Senior Project Manager of ECM, or Pat Batra, Chief of Travel & General Services. 
  
If you require any clarification, please email Carrie Stevenson: cstevenson (at) unicef.org. 
  
Thank-you.
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IT Solutions and Services (ITSS)

 

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Welcome Former Nat Com head to join site

We had  a request from a member of the wider UNICEF family (former National Committee Head)  to join in related activities. The current main editors for the site (Sheila Barry Tacon and Adhiratha Keefe)  considered the request with some input from others.

It seemed quite reasonable to welcome additional participation from those who have previously  supported UNICEF in the wider arena for so many years.

For definition of website roles (Author, Editor, Contributor etc.) see:   https://en.support.wordpress.com/user-roles/

The access provided for former coordinators of National Committee Activities who wish to join this site will be as  “contributor:”

The newest member is David Bull, recently retired after 17 years as Executive Director of The United Kingdom National Committee for Unicef. “David Bull was appointed in 1999 and retired in June 2016…. He led the introduction of the Rights Respecting Schools Award in the UK and was awarded a CBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his humanitarian services.”

It also seemed sensible to welcome as contributors any current UNICEF staff who wished to contribute, especially those getting close to their own retirement.

 

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